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My practice at James & Waddle PC includes the aggressive representation of clients in litigation matters. I have successfully represented individuals, and the family's of individuals, who have suffered personal injury or wrongful death, usually in an accident (car/auto/motorcycle). I also have a proven track record in general civil litigation matters as well.


I studied at San Diego State University and received his Bachelor of Sciences degree in Accountancy from California State University Sacramento in 1999. I was a recognized member of the Beta Alpha Psi Honors Accounting Fraternity and was named to the Dean's List for my academic achievements.


I earned my Juris Doctorate from California Western School of Law in San Diego, California. My legal studies focused on trial advocacy. I also participated in the Advocacy Honors Board Mock Trial Competition. I am a proud member of the California Western School of Law, Pro Bono Honors Society, which recognizes the importance of addressing the legal needs of disadvantaged or under represented individuals. In 2003, the State Bar of California awarded me the Wiley W. Manuel Award for Pro Bono Legal Services in recognition of his voluntary provision of legal services to the indigent.


I am admitted to practice in all courts in California and the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California. In addition, I am a member of the State Bar of California, the San Diego County Bar Association, and the Consumer Attorneys of San Diego. The Consumer Attorneys of San Diego is an organization of trial lawyers in San Diego County who work to preserve and protect the legal rights of consumers.


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Practice areas


  1. Litigation: 50%
  2. Personal Injury: 15%
  3. Business: 15%
  4. Real Estate: 15%
  5. Contracts: 5%



Hourly ($225-350/hour), contingent (25-40%), Fixed (sometimes), Free consultation (60 minutes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check

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  • Pablo Cesar Palomino

    Scott is a kind and compassionate individual who cares deeply about the people he serves. He is thorough and thoughtful in the matters he handles and always works very hard to achieve the best outcome for his clients.


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  • Christopher C. Walton

    I highly endorse this lawyer's work. Scott is a well respected attorney in the legal community with a reputation for his aggressive and ethical representation. I would refer a client to Scott without hesitation.


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Contact info


450 B Street, Suite 780
San Diego, CA, 92101


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
San Diego's Best 2014 - LitigationU-T San Diego (The San Diego Union Tribune)2014
San Diego's Best 2014 - Real Estate Law (2nd Place)U-T San Diego (The San Diego Union Tribune)2014
Client's ChoiceAvvo2012
Wiley W. Manuel Award Pro Bono Legal ServicesState Bar of California2003
Dean's List ScholarshipBeta Alphi Psi1999
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Attorney - PrincipalJames & Waddle PC2012 - Present
AttorneyGuevara, Phippard & James P.C.2004 - 2011
Law ClerkHeppner & Elwood2003 - 2004
Certified Legal Intern/Law ClerkAlternate Public Defenders Office, San Diego County, California2002 - 2002
AccountantCopley Newspapers1999 - 2000
Association namePosition nameDuration
Advocates Round TableFounding Member2011 - Present
Consumer Attorneys of San DiegoMember2004 - Present
San Diego County Bar AssociationMember2002 - Present
Member, Litigation and Real Property SectionsMember2001 - Present
United States District Court for the Southern District of CaliforniaMember2001 - Present
State Bar of CaliforniaMember2000 - Present
California Western School Of Law Pro Bono Honors SocietyMember1997 - 1999
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Confidential v. ConfidentialPolicy Limits Recovery (Multiple Policies)
Confidential v. ConfidentialSettlement - $300,000 - Policy Limits
Confidential v. ConfidentialSettled - Full Policy Limits
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Publication nameTitleDate
U-T San Diego (The San Diego Union Tribune)San Diego's Best - Litigation2014
U-T San Diego (The San Diego Union Tribune)San Diego's Best 2014 - Real Estate Law (2nd Place)2014
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
California Western School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2004
California State University, SacramentoAccountingBS - Bachelor of Science1999
California State University, SacramentoN/AN/AN/A
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
GPJ-Legacy Lunch and LearnGuarding Against Risk: What you need to know about insurance!2011